• Global warming? Gays are the cause of it!

    Well, this is apparently what some Samoan clerics have stated: “Clerics in the South Pacific have fingered the key cause of climate change – homosexuals. The revelation came at a conference at the University of the South Pacific considering the implications of Climate Change and Creativity.” The clerics haven’t explained the rationale of their arguments though – although the Register suspects “their latching onto climate change as a consequence of gayness is informed by a more biblical sense of cause and effect.” Or maybe, as a blogger funnily posted elsewhere “Global warming is a gay issue. […]  The heat generated in discos, bath houses, the manufacture of interior furnishings, leather tanning…

  • ‘Transition’, what it’s all about?

    Whether are not you are interested by global debates on climate change, Peak Oil, overpopulation, financial, economic, food and social crises; whether you are in favour or against any systemic paradigm change; whether you believe that technology will save us or not from any doom-and-gloom future; or whether you think that it’s too late “we’ll hit the wall anyway”; you probably sense that there is something wrong in the society where you live and work. I’m not talking of the Hollywood trend of making apocalyptic blockbusters or the ‘2012’ end-of-the-world mania. But simply of the changes that you may be perceiving around you. It’s likely that you intuitively feel that, somewhat,…

  • Enough already!

    Yesterday, I was emphasising the need for a systemic economic change. There is nothing original about that, as it seems that an increasing number of people understand the limitations and self-destruction of our current social and economic models. As a matter of fact, the Chronicle.com has asked scholars’ views on what will be the defining question of the coming decade and why. It offers a variety of worthwhile reading answers, and one in particular has struck me. According to Professor Pat Shipman, “the defining idea of the next decade is ‘enough.’ […] The day of ‘enough’ is coming. “Enough” is part of a reaction against the overwhelming greed, violence, dishonesty, and…

  • Immigration: how much is enough?

    This, of course, is a politically incorrect question to ask – and that’s precisely why I’m raising it. Indeed, given the massive migrations to come, due among others to climate change and economic opportunities, it’s a question that needs some proper thinking. As a reminder, let me quote a 2009 United Nations Populations Fund report: “Estimating future climate change-related population flows presents [a great] challenge, with figures ranging wildly from 50 million to 1 billion people by the middle of the century, either within their countries or across borders, on a permanent or temporary basis. The most widely used estimate of people to be displaced by environmental factors by 2050 is 200 million” – compared to the…

  • Five daunting climate change scenarios

    The UNFPA 2009 State of the World Population report recalls that “Walter Kälin, Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, has identified five climate change scenarios, each of which has a different impact on the pace or scale of migration or displacement: • Hydro-meteorological disasters, including extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding and mudslides, which may lead to sudden-onset displacement. • Environmental degradation, including desertification, water scarcity and soil exhaustion, which may result in gradual migration or displacement. • Losses in state territory, including erosion and coastal flooding resulting from rising sea levels. Persons living in low-lying coastal areas and the so-called “sinking” small island developing states, such as the Maldives, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, will be most affected by this scenario. It may…

  • Why aren’t you composting?

    According to compostweek.com.au around 60% of the rubbish Australians put in their everyday garbage bin (destined for landfill) could actually be composted. So why don’t more people compost? This isn’t a new idea… Are they unsure how to compost? Don’t they realise the benefits? Or maybe they don’t know the negatives? Or are they just too lazy? Or maybe they think they don’t have the space? Here are just a few of the benefits of composting: Reduces landfill which also means reduced methane production. Did you know that when our waste is buried without air it doesn’t breakdown? It actually creates a large amount of methane which contributes to our total…

  • Daunting: Arsenic in water poisoned 77 million Bangladeshis!!!

    Following a publication in the Lancet Journal, news recently reported that “up to 77 million [out of 162m] Bangladeshis have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from contaminated drinking water”. The water was mainly originating from wells that are said to have been built in the 70s, including by aid agencies. Gosh, 77 millions people! Although I’ve heard of this news for the first time only recently, it’s not a recent discovery – nor did it happen just in Bangladesh. The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) was already concerned by the problem in 1997. According to a paper published in the Bulletin of the WHO in 2000, ” the contamination of…

  • ‘Burn the Koran’ day… what?!

    You’ve probably heard that  Terry Jones, an American pastor, vows to hold a national Koran burning event (see here) to mark the 9/11 events. Although he aims at tackling radical Islam, he doesn’t seem to notice that, by doing so, he doesn’t service tolerance and peace in the world – nor christian ideals! As if a pastor – even if heading the so-called ‘Dove World Outreach Centre’ – planning to burn the Koran was not an extremist himself.… Read the rest

  • ‘Ecology’ or ‘Environment’?

    Why does this blog mention ‘ecology’ rather than ‘environment’? Well, it’s fairly simple actually. While ‘environment’ tends to put humans at the centre of it all – as if we had some sort of right or supremacy over nature -, ‘ecology’ provides a more comprehensive outlook, whereby humans are only one part of nature. A distinctive part in many ways, but nonetheless just a part. I understand that the main use of ‘ecology’ refers to the scientific study of the distributions, abundance and relations of organisms and their interactions with the environment. But I mainly use it to emphasize the interdependency between human and nature interaction. I’d be curious to know whether you share our views…

  • Ecosophy? WTF?

    Documenting the construction of an ecosophical approach to life – that’s the aim of this blog. But… what does that mean exactly? Well, let me first start by asking you few related questions: do you sometimes feel that your life is going anywhere (or in every directions!), that you are torn apart by different obligations, values, dreams, or that your actions sometimes contradict your perception of yourself? Do you at times have a ‘fog in your brain’ whereby you lack clarity about what you want/should do, or worse, you don’t understand the purpose of your life – if there is any -, and are unsure about the next step(s)? Do you…

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